NYU professor leads talk on persona of Frank Sinatra

first_imgThe Notre Dame department of Film, Television and Theatre hosted professor of cinema studies Dana Polan of New York University on Tuesday night for a talk on singer and actor Frank Sinatra, whom Polan called an American entertainment icon, particularly after World War II.The talk, titled “Ring-a-ding-ding: Performance Styles in the Movies and Music of Frank Sinatra,” took place at the Browning Cinema in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and was followed by a screening of the 1955 Sinatra film “Young at Heart.” The department of American Studies and the Gender Studies and Teaching Beyond the Classroom programs also sponsored the event. Jack Lyons | The Observer Dana Polan, a New York University professor, uses scenes from Frank SInatra’s films to facilitate a discussion on his persona before a screening of the 1955 film “Young at Heart” on Tuesday.The visit by Polan overlapped with “Sinatra,” a class Film, Television and Theatre professor Pam Wojcik is teaching this semester.Polan discussed the “voyeuristic” nature of film throughout his lecture, touching on the saying, “You’re watching something that’s for you, but is pretending you’re not really there.”Few stars did this better than Sinatra, Polan said.Polan used multiple clips of the star exhibiting what he called a “confrontational” style, where a confident Sinatra establishes a bond with an audience that “avowed how he seemed to be singing personally to each audience member,” Polan said.However, Polan said this manner of “force strutting and swagger,” which appeared in Sinatra’s more energetic swing tunes, was only one side of the Sinatra coin. Polan also touched on the other side; he noted that, while Sinatra’s ballads addressed the singer himself, the performance still existed for the purpose of the audience.In addition to his ability to cross emotions in his performance, both Polan and Wojcik said they studied Sinatra for his ability to cross media.While known primarily as a singer, Sinatra’s acting career earned praises from critics and audiences alike. Appearing alongside the method actors of the 1950s, the untrained Sinatra channeled his abilities to become what Wojcik called a “method singer” to portray his complex characters.“There’s a virtuosic performance of vulnerability,” Wojcik said in an interview. “He’s broken in so many ways that I think are surprising if you just think of him as a singer.”Despite his vulnerability, Sinatra existed as an icon of masculinity in 1950s American culture, Polan said.“The person who would want to be Elvis is an Elvis impersonator, whereas the person who wants to be Sinatra is every American in the postwar period,” Polan said.For Polan, who is authoring a book on the legendary Sinatra album “Songs for Swingin’ Lovers” with Sinatra scholar Chuck Granata, Sinatra’s performance resonates even today from his ability to captivate an audience while making it appear natural at the same time.“Part of his power is that it doesn’t seem studied, it doesn’t seem mannered, it seems like who he is, even if it is a performance,” Polan said.Tags: Browning Cinema, dana polan, Department of Film Television and Theatre, Frank Sinatralast_img read more

Batesville School Board Appoints New Member

first_imgJeremy Raver (left) was appointed to the school board Monday. (Image: Facebook)BATESVILLE –The Batesville School Board appointed Jeremy Raver as its newest member Monday, following the resignation of Board President Chris Lowery in July.Lowery was selected as chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Southeast region last month resulting in his departure from the board.Raver graduated from Batesville High School in 1997,received an undergraduate from Purdue and a Master of Business Administration from Xavier University.He currently serves as a sales consultant at Batesville Casket Company.The Batesville resident calls the school board nomination a great recognition and ever greater responsibility.“It is a huge honor but also a responsibility of representing the taxpayers and the City of Batesville and surrounding areas,” Raver said. “I think the board definitely has challenges ahead of us to take the resources given and use them effectively making the school corporation as good as we can.”Raver is a committee member on the Batesville Community Education Foundation and is no stranger to local education as his children Kaylie and Landon, are students in the corporation. His wife Charrel, is a teacher at Greensburg Community Schools.“I look at my two small children I have and the over 2,000 students in our corporation it certainly comes with a significant amount of responsibility.”last_img read more

Korger: Badgers’ character shines in blowout

first_imgI’m a big intangibles guy.Talent matters, but when it comes down to it, what separates the good and the great in sports – and in life for that matter – is that little extra something you can’t touch or see physically on the field or court of play.If you’re the kid who’s busting his or her butt in the weight room at 6 a.m. every day, whether you’re a student-athlete preparing for your respective sport or a student trying to stay fit amid a demanding academic schedule, you already know what I’m talking about.The desire to better yourself when nobody’s looking, the mindset to keep pushing on when it seems you can’t any further, putting in the extra time and effort required to improve – that’s what makes a person their greatest and truly the best they  can be. And when nobody sees the actions that lead up to the end result, sometimes the lengthy and tough process it takes to reach such success can be lost in translation.When I got a chance to sit down for a lengthy interview this past April with Wisconsin Women’s Basketball Head Coach Bobbie Kelsey, she told me what makes a person competitive, and that special kind of person doesn’t come from coaching – although it can help guide that person in the right direction. And I agree.And I think that’s why teams under Bret Bielema at Wisconsin continue to have such success on and off the field. The kids he recruits are the kind every coach wants filling his roster.This season could have easily been a Titanic-esque disaster after Week 2. The loss to Oregon State, the firing of Mike Markuson and the questions at starting quarterback all but erased the Badgers’ giant preseason expectations.But still, the Badgers battled on.Then came the injury to Joel Stave against Michigan State that ended his promising season and a lackluster performance by the Wisconsin offensive line and Danny O’Brien.But still, the Badgers kept trucking ahead.Why? Look at the DNA of this program. The star in the backfield is a kid who was once No. 3 on the depth chart at running back his sophomore year until two injuries in a single game thrust him onto the field. A Heisman finalist season later and a return in 2012 with a body and destructive running style best compared to the Hulk, Montee Ball is the face of this Wisconsin team.And on top of that, his backup hardly played last season and during his prep career was buried in the depth chart as well. But now James White is regularly putting up 100-yard games for the Badgers.And what about the fifth-year quarterback who made the first start of his career Saturday?I’m not even sure anymore how many ACL injuries Phillips has endured in his career at Wisconsin, but the dedication and resilience he has shown after not playing football for the past two years to somehow find his way in the starting lineup shows the heart and character of a young man who could have easily given up on his football career when the times got tough.And yes, his stat line wasn’t impressive throwing the ball – 4-7 passing for 41 yards and a touchdown – but Phillips made plays with his feet, an added dimension that helped net UW an extra 79 yards on the ground. He also beat out Danny O’Brien for the starting job during the team’s bye week, even though O’Brien far and away had the most experience.So what does that say about Phillips?The team and coaches respect him enormously. And, yeah, he has some talent too.I’m not saying every player Bielema recruits is some sort of perfect human being. There have been some players who have been dismissed from the team in Bielema’s tenure, but for every one bad instance there are at least seven stories like Curt Phillips to overshadow it. And that’s what makes this Wisconsin program one to never give up on. Even when things look ugly, the character of its players is of the best possible quality.And that’s why, once again, the Badgers are just one game away from making a trip to Pasadena.Nick is a fifth-year senior majoring in English and history. Catch Nick on WSUM’s “The Badger Herald Sports Hour” Sundays from 4-5 p.m. and “The Student Section” Mondays from 4-6 p.m. Email him at nkorger@badgerherald.com or send him a tweet @NickKorger.last_img read more

Parking Lot Behind City Hall Closed this Weekend

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis A public parking lot will be closed this weekend due to the upcoming Walleye Tournament. Beginning Saturday, July 22nd at 6am, the north half of the large parking lot and small customer parking lot behind City Hall will be closed.The reason for the closure is to make way for boat and trailer parking for the Walleye Tournament that will be held at the City of Alpena’s Marina. The lot will reopen to the public around 5:30pm, and it will be back available to use for public events.Volunteers will be on site to direct traffic, and barricades will be in place to close those driveways. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Reverend Obwaka Cleared of All ChargesNext Kids Enjoy a Free Day of Fishing at Culligan Plazalast_img read more

NFL mock draft 2020: Where will Tua Tagovailoa, Joe Burrow, other Alabama, LSU players land?

first_img (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/2a/ed/kristian-fulton-110719-getty-ftrjpg_1uqchcu99uunb1nnquyyqwovf9.jpg?t=1194449518&w=500&quality=80 From the updated 1-32 based on current NFL standings and playoff seedings, here is Sporting News’ third in-season projection for the 2020 NFL Draft.MORE: Who has the better NFL players — Alabama or LSU?NFL mock draft 2020 18. Philadelphia Eagles (5-4)Kristian Fulton, CB, LSUEveryone can see the Eagles’ desperate need for a lockdown corner who has a nose for big plays, given how messy that position has been or them in 2019. Fulton (6-1, 192) is a physical cover man with great technique and footwork, giving him shutdown upside.19. Carolina Panthers (5-3)Derrick Brown, DT, AuburnThe Panthers, after addressing the edge with Brian Burns and Christian Miller, need to beef up their front with a quick disruptor who makes plays in the backfield. Brown (6-5, 318 pounds) fits that mold.20. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Rams)Trevon Diggs, CB, AlabamaThe Jaguars can replace Jalen Ramsey with Diggs, who can pair well with A.J. Bouye because of his size (6-2, 207 pounds), strength and downfield speed. Diggs is rising fast with his big senior season (three interceptions in eight games). 1. Cincinnati Bengals (0-8)Joe Burrow, LSUBurrow has enjoyed a meteoric rise as the new Heisman Trophy favorite and appealing top QB prospect in this class. At 6-3, 215 pounds, he combines his mental and physical toughness in the pocket with a strong arm and accurate delivery. His leadership skills also have flourished in Baton Rouge. Coach Zac Taylor will see some Jared Goff qualities in Burrow as a traditional passer, which makes sense for the Bengals after their benching of Andy Dalton.2. Washington Redskins (1-7)Andrew Thomas, OT, GeorgiaAssuming the Redskins want to stick with and develop first-round QB Dwayne Haskins in the right way with a new coach and are headed to part ways with Trent Williams, they need a new rock of a left tackle. Thomas matches great size (6-5, 320 pounds) with good hands and footwork, so he can also be an asset in the running game for Derrius Guice.3. New York Jets (1-7)Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio StateThere’s a fair chance Gregg Williams will not be around to lobby Adam Gase and Jets ‘ officials make this pick, but they should be hoping the two teams ahead think QB and offense first. Young is an explosive athlete who can solve the team’s edge rush issues, which it has had limited success addressing. Young (6-5, 265 pounds) is a game-changing disruptor. He has followed up a 10.5-sack season with 13.5 already in eight games as a junior. Raekwon Davis, DT, AlabamaDavis (6-7, 312 pounds) is a massive, versatile player from a scheme and program Bill Belichick likes. He can line up at both end and tackle to eat space against the run.32. San Francisco 49ers (8-0)Kenneth Murray, ILB, OklahomaBetween the flameout of Reuben Foster and the unfortunate injury to Kwon Alexander, the 49ers have had bad breaks on the second level despite multiple attempts to solidify themselves between an excellent defensive line and suddenly deep secondary. Murray (6-2, 243 pounds) is an active, rangy playmaker who can be as effective dropping back as he is getting downhill against the run or blitzing. 7. Cleveland Browns (2-6)Tristan Wirfs, OT, IowaSecuring the edges of their offensive line, especially in pass protection, is the Browns’ top priority. At 6-5, 315 pounds, Wirfs is the all-around stout tackle the Browns desperately need to fortify their front for the sake of both Baker Mayfield and Nick Chubb.8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-6)Jeffery Okudah, CB, Ohio StateOkudah has emerged as a premier ballhawk for the Buckeyes with his three interceptions in eight games and keeps getting better as a shutdown type at 6-1, 200 pounds. The Buccaneers have been awful on the back end with Vernon Hargreaves disappointing and Carlton Davis being a liability.9. Denver Broncos (3-6)Justin Herbert, QB, OregonWe’re going back to QB for John Elway since Joe Flacco is no longer an option, Brandon Allen is not the answer and second-rounder Drew Lock might not get enough time to prove he can lock down the job. Herbert is an athletic, accurate playmaker who can continue to close the gap between himself and Burrow and Tagovailoa after making the wise decision to return to school — matching the mostly good decisions he makes on the field. After a slow start to the Ducks’ season, he has revved up his performance to restore his first-round status.10. Las Vegas Raiders (from Bears)CeeDee Lamb, WR, OklahomaThe Raiders whiffed on Antonio Brown, but Tyrell Williams was a great signing and has been solid when healthy working as the necessary No. 1. But the Raiders could use an even better No. 1 who can do everything. Lamb has needed only 36 receptions in eight games to put up 816 yards and 11 TDs. At 6-3, 190 pounds, he is both a great vertical threat and a red-zone target. As LSU and Alabama take the field in Tuscaloosa in an epic SEC matchup Saturday, it first is a big college football game. As a close second, it is a major showcase for a ton of near-future NFL talent.The quarterbacks take the biggest spotlight, as there’s a growing debate whether Tua Tagovailoa or Joe Burrow should be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. But there are many more exciting prospects with first-round quality from both programs. LSU and Alabama, along with other powerhouses, are featured prominently again in this week’s mock draft. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/ff/6b/raekwon-davis-110719-getty-ftrjpg_1gj03rmi3wjmq14wdodzfac10t.jpg?t=1194666950&w=500&quality=80 21. Indianapolis Colts (5-3)Jonathan Taylor, RB, WisconsinMarlon Mack is a good power back, but he has some durability issues and has lost some effectiveness behind the Colts’ elite line and can’t be a three-down option. Taylor (5-11, 219 pounds) has great vision and burst as a runner, and he doesn’t get enough credit for what he can do as a receiver, which has been on display more this season.22. Minnesota Vikings (6-3)Creed Humphrey, CB, OklahomaThe Vikings need to keep upgrading their run blocking to fit their new offensive identity with Dalvin Cook. Humphrey (6-4, 312 pounds) is a good hand-fighter who has great athleticism for the position.23. Buffalo Bills (6-2) Laviska Shenault Jr., ColoradoThe Bills have a deep threat in John Brown and a steady slot presence in Cole Beasley. But they have a glaring hole at the other outside receiver spot, where Zay Jones didn’t work out and former CFL standout Duke Williams isn’t looking like the answer, either. Shenault is a more complete receiver at 6-1, 215 pounds.24. Seattle Seahawks (6-2)C.J. Henderson, CB, FloridaThe Seahawks, two years removed from losing Richard Sherman, still need to get better at cornerback. Henderson (6-1, 202 pounds) plays bigger than he is with great athleticism and technique in his favor. He just needs to get a little more physical to be trusted against receivers who rely on body positioning to get open.25. Dallas Cowboys (5-3)Neville Gallimore, DT, OklahomaGallimore (6-2, 301 pounds) is getting more attention for the punch he has shown on the Sooners’ interior line this season, blossoming as a senior with three sacks. The Cowboys could use someone like him to further set the tone up front and get to the quarterback to complement what they have on the edge.26. Kansas City Chiefs (6-3)Isaiah Simmons, ILB, ClemsonThe Chiefs have been trying to get by with a rotation in the middle, and the results have been awful, as they can neither stop the run nor cover backs or tight ends. Simmons (6-4, 229 pounds) is an extremely active player who seems to be all over the field at all times for the Tigers.27. Miami Dolphins (from Texans)D’Andre Swift, RB, GeorgiaThe Dolphins can complete their offensive skill rebuild by adding a feature back to support Tagovailoa and Ruggs. They need more of a power back with a dash of explosiveness and some receiving upside. Swift (5-9, 229) is capable of getting both the tough yards inside and breaking free for big plays in open field outside.28. Green Bay Packers (7-1)Tee Higgins, WR, ClemsonHiggins combines tremendous, No. 1-style size (6-4, 205 pounds) with explosiveness. He is averaging 21.8 yards per catch with three TDs for the Tigers in 2019. The Packers need to clean up the committee behind Davante Adams.29. Baltimore Ravens (6-2)Curtis Weaver, EDGE, Boise StateThe Ravens need to find that dominant pass rusher for their 3-4 defense after losing Za’Darius Smith and Terrell Suggs. Weaver (6-3, 265 pounds) has been an absolute beast on the blue turf with 10.5 sacks this season.30. New Orleans Saints (7-1)Jalen Reagor, WR, TCUThe Saints need a dasher to complement Michael Thomas and stretch the field. Reagor fits the bill at 5-11, 185 pounds and also provides some nice run-after-catch skills. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/54/d/joe-burrow-110719-getty-ftrjpg_1x76w71rnuipjzccee96p9siu.jpg?t=1194348822&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/ee/ff/jerry-jeudy-110719-getty-ftrjpg_bba23jjbr1801tvzydroub26j.jpg?t=1194398374&w=500&quality=80 31. New England Patriots (8-1) (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/ed/a9/trevon-diggs-110719-getty-ftrjpg_1f6ybaebdct491xoceyd0jvslx.jpg?t=1194700310&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/1c/62/tua-tagovailoa-110719-getty-ftrjpg_13hbd1dmz4dzp1dfg6yw7fxqxc.jpg?t=1194375326&w=500&quality=80 11. Arizona Cardinals (3-5-1)Grant Delpit, S, LSUThe Cardinals, who can’t cover the tight end, need someone who can fly around the field and stop the run like an extra linebacker and make big plays while inside in coverage. Delpit plays like the Chargers’ Derwin James with tremendous size (6-3, 203 pounds) for the position.12. Detroit Lions (3-4-1)Tyler Biadasz, G, WisconsinThe Lions need to keep upgrading their power run blocking, because it clearly hasn’t been good enough this season. Biadasz (6-3, 321 pounds) is next in the strong line of Badgers interior blockers (Travis Frederick, Kevin Zeitler).13. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-5)Yatur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn StateYannick Ngakoue is a pending free agent who might be out of their price range, and Calais Campbell is 33. The Jaguars will need to re-supply their pass rush, and Gross-Matos (6-5, 242 pounds) is a well-built, explosive and versatile defender who can thrive in Todd Wash’s 4-3 scheme.14. Los Angeles Chargers (4-5)Calvin Throckmorton, OT, OregonThrockmorton (6-5, 309 pounds) is putting together a fine senior season for the Ducks while blocking for Herbert. He is a smooth, agile pass protector with the upside to develop into a better run blocker in the NFL. Phiiip Rivers and Melvin Gordon could use him.15. Tennessee Titans (4-5)Jalen Hurts, QB, OklahomaMarcus Mariota and Ryan Tannehill are unsigned for 2020. This is a copycat league in which QBs from Oklahoma’s great passing system were the past two No. 1 picks. The NFL is more open to dual threats of his ilk, and Hurts, at 6-2, 219 pounds, has good enough size with a welcome winning pedigree. The latest buzz on him can’t be denied.16. Las Vegas Raiders (4-4)Javon Kinlaw, DT, South CarolinaKinlaw has been a big-time inside disruptor for the Gamecocks with five sacks in eight games. At 6-6, 310 pounds, he can be the new Geno Atkins in Paul Guenther’s defense. He would look good playing with Clelin Ferrell and Maxx Crosby.17. Miami Dolphins (from Steelers)Henry Ruggs III, WR, AlabamaThe Dolphins need to pair Tagovailoa with a potential dominant No. 1, so why not go to one of his key go-to guys with the Crimson Tide? Ruggs (6-0, 190 pounds) plays bigger than his size as a dynamic deep threat with underrated qualities as a possession man. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/ce/74/grant-delpit-110719-getty-ftrjpg_pbyaiqk156nt1h0s96ixmjtpa.jpg?t=1194420438&w=500&quality=80 4. Miami Dolphins (1-7)Tua Tagovailoa, QB, AlabamaTagovailoa hasn’t done much to drop his value, but the durability concerns, combined with Burrow’s spectacular play, have caused him to slip for now in the eyes of many NFL observers. Contrary to popular growing belief, Tagovailoa when healthy is not just the product of the talented offense around him. He is an accurate, mobile deep-ball thrower with the upside of Russell Wilson, only left-handed.5. Atlanta Falcons (1-7)A.J. Epenesa, EDGE, IowaThe Falcons might not have defensive-minded coach Dan Quinn around to help make this pick, but a long, lean 4-3 end who can disrupt in the backfield would be nice for the Falcons. Epenesa (6-6, 280 pounds) is a powerful, explosive, big-bodied player with some traits similar to those of Joey Bosa.6. New York Giants (2-7)Jerry Jeudy, WR, AlabamaOdell Beckham Jr. is gone, and Sterling Shepard is facing an uncertain NFL future with his concussion issues. Daniel Jones has the elite back in Saquon Barkley and now needs his go-to outside receiver. Jeudy is a classic drive-finishing No. 1 at 6-1, 198 pounds. He also won’t be the only ‘Bama wideout taken in the first round.last_img read more